Current Address: Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Newcastle, New South Wales Australia.
VIRUSES, NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER AND CHILDHOOD PSYCHOSIS
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 55–64, January 1986
How to Cite
Nunn, K. P., Lask, B. and Cohen, M. (1986), VIRUSES, NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER AND CHILDHOOD PSYCHOSIS. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 27: 55–64. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1986.tb00621.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Accepted manuscript received 25 February 1985
- neurodevelopmental disorder;
- childhood psychosis
Abstract Four cases are described of prepubertal boys in whom the convergence of neurodevelopmental disorder, viral infection and psychosis seemed more than coincidental. Review of the literature highlights the possibility that viral infection of the central nervous system may play a contributory role in childhood psychosis. Whilst it is essential to avoid a reductionist stance when investigating these difficult conditions, the emergence of potent anti-viral treatments and sophisticated methods of identifying the presence of viral infection should encourage us to consider more carefully the relevance of viruses in childhood psychosis.